By Liberal Young Professionals Board members
The Liberal Young Professionals organization formed in July 2013 with one mission in mind – enriching the city of Liberal by retaining young professionals in our community.
Through volunteer projects, leadership development and reaching out to form connections within our community, we believe that young people serve as the greatest resource for the future growth of Liberal. It is for these reasons – and many more – that the LYP board supports a “YES” vote for the half–cent sales tax and a “YES” vote for the USD 480 bond issue on April 8.
We believe that every child in this community – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status – is deserving of the best public education our modern world has to provide.
Each and every child in our school system has an unlimited potential. However, when we limit a child’s ability to have adequate time in front of their lunch tray or wake them up an hour earlier to be bused across town, we know that both the child and our community will be missing out on the best that child can become.
We know this because not too long ago, we were children, too. Many of our LYP members grew up in the USD 480 system and have returned to Liberal to make a difference as accountants, healthcare providers, educators, engineers and local entrepreneurs. We know that maintaining a strong education system is the key to having a strong community.
We also believe that teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff deserve the best conditions in which to help teach. Bundling more than 20 elementary students up in jackets and mittens on time to walk outside to a “temporary” portable classroom is a task no teacher wants to fit into their already tight course schedule.
Sadly, this has been a reality in our district for more than a decade. It’s our hope that a successful bond issue will allow teachers more time in traditional classrooms and that the turnover of teachers in our schools each year will drop as a result.
It is also our belief that when we invest in our students – whether it be through activity sponsorships, improved facilities or time spent mentoring kids – those children will hold onto a sense of connection with those who showed their support.
We believe that showing support for students pays off when those students go on to become better neighbors, become better employees and step up to become leaders in the community.
Our board would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to learn more about this very important election. We commend every citizen who has taken the time to make their voice heard. We appreciate every Vision Team member who has taken the time to listen to feedback from our community and rework the blueprints for this bond.
We are proud to see that the Liberal City Commission has agreed to work together and allow for the half–cent sales tax to be put on the ballot to help fund a successful bond vote.
We are also thankful for the time, effort and diligence our USD 480 administrators and staff have put into seeking community input and forming a plan which addresses our district’s needs and our community’s capabilities.
Finally, we thank everyone in advance for taking the time to cast their votes on this important bond issue. This election is about so much more than new buildings or an increase in property taxes. It’s about the future of our community as we know it. We hope you will join us in casting your “YES” votes on April 8.
— Liberal Young Professionals Board Members:
Anna Wynn – Co–president
Keeley Moree – Co–president
Kevin Lam – Vice–president
Marty Ormiston – Secretary/Treasurer
Avni Bhakta – Committee Chair
Teresa Manriquez – Committee Chair